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Old July 29th, 2018, 18:01   #781
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Just got mine 2011 335D a month ago.
Last week it received Malone tune, stage 2.
I enjoyed the torque of TDIs for years, but this is on a completely different level.

My wife's been driving ML350 (MY 2012) since May last year. Great long distance vehicle.

2000 Golf is still in the family (my son's now) with 640,000km and my niece has my Jetta, just flipped 600,000km.
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Old July 29th, 2018, 18:06   #782
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The Mk7 TDIs have bottom side filters.
As well as a connection you have to unplug and a coolant hose you have to move out of the way of the drip stream.
That is exactly why I am paying VW to change my oil
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Old July 29th, 2018, 18:24   #783
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BMW dealer service is just as bad a VW dealer service at some BMW dealers. It is sad because an oil change on a BMW diesel is no harder than a TDI oil change. The oil filter is slightly different and the engine holds more oil (8 quarts) but the oil change is very much like a TDI oil change. The oil filter is accessible from the top just like in a TDI. The oil used is the same or similar to what a CR TDI uses. VW 507.00 oils all have BMW LL-04 rating on them and the LL-04 spec is slightly less stringent than 507.00 and is similar to MB229.51 and VW 505.01. I use oils that have BMW LL-04, MB229.51, and VW 507.00 ratings on them. A 507.00 5W-30 oil for a CR TDI is perfect for a BMW diesel since it also is LL-04 rated.
I do all oil changes in my BMWs just like I did with my TDIs. Fortunately the diesel BMWs still have a traditional dipstick so you can do a topside oil change with an extractor pump just like with a TDI. The gasser BMWs no longer have a dipstick to check the oil level. The gassers only have an electronic oil level readout on the iDrive display. I like have an electronic oil level display in addition to the dipstick. I want BOTH indicators. The electronic oil level sensor provides continuous monitoring of the oil level. A traditional dipstick technically fails this test except when you check the level. While I like having the electronic oil level readout, I still want a dipstick and the dipstick reading has the final say in case of any discrepancy in readings.
A DIY oil change on a BMW diesel is no harder than a TDI oil change. It is sad that some BMW dealers can't do an oil change without totally expletive-ing it up.
I paid extra for BMW to change my Oil.....I am getting older and do not want to crawl under my cars anymore....it is pretty sad these Aholes canít even do that right.....
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Old August 1st, 2018, 20:20   #784
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That is exactly why I am paying VW to change my oil
I got a passat 2015 tdi and I find to change the oil to be easier than my golf and jetta alh I must say that I got diesel geek bypass filters on both my golf and jetta though,,, 335d s a cake walk for oil changes,
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Old August 2nd, 2018, 12:18   #785
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335d s a cake walk for oil changes
100% agreed, might be the easiest DIY oil change I have ever had. My CR TDI was very similar too.
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Old August 2nd, 2018, 14:43   #786
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I got a passat 2015 tdi and I find to change the oil to be easier than my golf and jetta alh I must say that I got diesel geek bypass filters on both my golf and jetta though,,, 335d s a cake walk for oil changes,
I sent my 2013 Passat TDI back to VW because... diesel, and I found the oil change to be a royal pain in the arse. It had a top mount paper filter and they wisely routed some kind of thick rubber/braided hose across the top of the filter housing.

You had to wiggle and maneuver the housing at odd angles while holding the hose back as much as you could.

It took a good 20 minutes of a 30 minute oil change just dealing with the filter. Ugh.

My dad has a 14 Passat and has the modified motor with the filter like yours.



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Old August 2nd, 2018, 14:52   #787
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I did the first change on my 335d last Saturday. It is indeed quite easy. The only mishap noted was that with the car on ramps, when you remove the drain bolt and the initial 20 seconds or so gush of oil slows to a stream, the oil will begin clinging to the bottom of the pan and start a new stream at the back of the pan that drips behind the trap door opening on top of the forward splash cover. Next time I’ll just take the whole cover off ahead of time. I ended up washing the cover with hose and Dawn to get the oil drips off.
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Old August 2nd, 2018, 16:16   #788
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I did the first change on my 335d last Saturday. It is indeed quite easy. The only mishap noted was that with the car on ramps, when you remove the drain bolt and the initial 20 seconds or so gush of oil slows to a stream, the oil will begin clinging to the bottom of the pan and start a new stream at the back of the pan that drips behind the trap door opening on top of the forward splash cover. Next time Iíll just take the whole cover off ahead of time. I ended up washing the cover with hose and Dawn to get the oil drips off.
Forgot about that, yeah, I have much better luck with all four wheels up. My undertray is a greasy mess, keeps water out of engine bay
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Old August 2nd, 2018, 17:23   #789
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I do mine topside. Belly pan only comes off for fuel filter replacement and then the car is 6 feet in the air
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Old August 2nd, 2018, 17:37   #790
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I do mine topside. Belly pan only comes off for fuel filter replacement and then the car is 6 feet in the air
I have a Pela. Is it a straight shot to the bottom of the pan?
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Old August 3rd, 2018, 10:42   #791
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I have a Pela. Is it a straight shot to the bottom of the pan?
Pretty much but it takes a long tube to get there. We have an air powered oil sucker at the shop and its tubes are about 4" too short so I use a piece of tight fitting fuel line to connect 2 tubes so I can leave the sucker on the ground in front of the car and have enough length to reach the bottom of the pan.

My mityvac tube is long enough but I keep that at home and always forget to bring the right size tube to the shop when I am doing my oil changes
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Old August 3rd, 2018, 17:38   #792
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535D question...

Any way to have the car stay in SPORT mode and turn Traction control OFF?

It seems like as soon as I turn traction OFF it puts the car in COMFORT mode.
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Any way to have the car stay in SPORT mode and turn Traction control OFF?

It seems like as soon as I turn traction OFF it puts the car in COMFORT mode.
It think that should be "Sport+" mode.
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Old August 5th, 2018, 10:45   #794
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BMW is apparently doing an about-face from diesel, at least in the US.

Rumors on web boards indicate the demise of the 540dx early in its life cycle, the near-future cancelling of the 328d, and the lack of fulfillment of a possible diesel version of the X3. The X5 diesel is gone with the next iteration and the X7 doesn't even have one.

Very foolish after their success in keeping these vehicles clean during huge biases from government regulators and public opinion nonsense.

For me to want a great car like a 5 series without getting over 30 mpg won't happen, so all I have as a choice is the 530e. I'm not interested in such cars having already owned a hybrid Lexus - totally disconnected from the driver in many ways. I am not interested in favoring the glut of oil in the world, so I might go all-electric.

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I've been thinking I should grab an end-of-model run F30 328d wagon, in case they don't put a diesel in the next generation. Perhaps this is my signal to do it. There's one available locally that's equipped the way I want. However, my 335d only has 56K on it so I think it'll last a while. And I like that engine better. I recently drove a new 328i and didn't love it.
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